Despite New Jersey’s stringent curbs on nitrogen oxide emissions, the state’s been unable to meet federal ozone standards because of emissions blowing in from states up-wind. Now Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has filed twin lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency in hopes of forcing the federal agency to impose tougher limits on the air pollution from hundreds of industrial sources, especially coal-burning power plants in nine other states that contribute to high levels of lung damaging ozone in the state.
“Out-of-state power plants continue to operate without any regard for the ozone they’re introducing to New Jersey’s air and the health and safety consequences that follow for our residents and children,” said Grewal. “EPA is responsible for keeping us safe from this kind of harm, but the agency has fallen down on the job. So we’re taking them to court – in two lawsuits filed on the same day – to force them to take the ozone problem seriously. The Clean Air Act demands nothing less.”